Authors, Fiona Davis and Amy Poeppel team up to bring us a very dynamic list of Spring Break Reads, plus the series they each last binge-watched. Be sure to read to the bottom of their lists. Stay tuned for these authors next books: Amy’s is Sweet Spot and it’s coming out spring 2022. Fiona’s next book is The Magnolia Palace and is set at the Frick Collection. It will be out January 2022.
Fiona Davis’ List
The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Fiona Davis
A series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.
The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry
Physics and matters of the heart collide in this tale of two gifted Yale students who seem destined for each other. Henry’s study of how love complicates everything — yet makes life worth living — is a dream.
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Three girls descend on England’s code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, during World War II, becoming fast friends and then furious enemies when a traitor is discovered in their midst.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
The Los Apothecary travels back and forth between 18th century London, where an apothecary named Nella creates poisonous potions for deserving men, and a modern-day historian digging into the murders of the past. Huge buzz on this debut.
Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig
Inspired by the true story of a group of Smith College grads who bravely headed to France during World War II, Willig’s portrayal is heart wrenching and deeply satisfying.
Call My Agent on Netflix
Travel to France with this hilarious series that takes place in a Parisian talent agency, where four agents struggle to keep things running smoothly after the founder unexpectedly passes away. Top stars like Juliet Binoche and Sigourney Weaver pop up in cameos, making fun of the movie business and themselves.
Amy Poeppel’s List
Musical Chairs: A Novel by Amy Poeppel
“A love letter to modern family life with all of its discord and harmony. An irresistibly romantic story of role reversals, reinvention, and sweet synchronicity,” Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life.
Luster by Leilani Raven
As the New York Times says, Luster is “so delicious that it feels illicit.” Raven’s beautifully written, highly acclaimed novel is about a young woman who enters into a relationship with an older married man and ends up living in his home with his wife and daughter. I could not put this book down.
Monogamy by Sue Miller
And while we’re on the topic of complicated relationships, I’ll also recommend Sue Miller’s Monogamy. This engrossing novel is a heart-wrenching, realistic depiction of marriage and family life through all of life’s inevitable ups and downs.
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
Coming this May! Set on a remote island, this novel tells the tale of a tight-knit community, clinging to their way of life in changing times. When a journalist arrives, he meets a local woman named Piper and discovers a highly unusual secret the whole town is in on. As author Emily Giffin says, “This is the hopeful book we all need right now.”
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
I have always loved listening to a brilliant lecture about literature, delivered by an expert. George Saunders takes us back to school with this book/literary master class in which he discusses and analyzes Russian short stories. Perfect for writers, readers, and lovers of a well-constructed story. Tip: Listen to the audiobook, so you can hear Saunders himself do the teaching with the help of a fabulous cast (from Nick Offerman to Glenn Close to BD Wong).
The Flight Attendant on HBO Max
Based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, this series is at turns hilarious and terrifying, heart-stopping and wonderfully original. Starring Kaley Cuoco, Rosie Perez, and Zosia Mamet. I could not stop until I got to the end. So addictive!